How do you get to Kalgoorlie? With one Holden Commodore, five people, and four CDs per person. This is a serious road road trip. We are snack-stocked and camera ready – or at least I am. I’m on the lookout for my first road train and my first sight of the Outback. My companions, Robyn and her friends – two men and three women in all. We head for the hills, quite literally, and I get my first taste of Australian rock music…this is going to be a very educational experience. 50 kilometres and counting….
I try to snap pictures of the huge silos we’re passing. Not very easy as we’re touching the speed limit of about a 100km/hr. I do capture one of the “road train” signs hanging on the backs of the trailer trucks we pass – only, my photo reads “oad train”. I manage to get a shot of the Road Train traffic signs along the road. The fields have given way to bushland. Can I call this the Outback, I ask Robyn hopefully. Not yet. 300 kilometres
The road to Kalgoorlie is very straight and very long. We pass Southern Cross – the town, not the constellation. I’m starting to wonder if all of Australia looks like this. 400 kilometres.
The last town we cross is Coolgardie – cool historical buildings and quirky statues. Coolness probably has nothing to do with its name. 500 kilometres.
We’re nearly at Kalgoorlie now, and someone suggests we end our journey at the Super Pit. We all vote that this is a good idea. This is my first mine – and my first gold mine. The trucks look toy-tiny and the pit is like an inside-out terraced hill. You can hear the rumbling of machinery. We decide to mark this moment by taking a picture in one of the giant scoops near the lookout point. Scoop shot. Pit stop. 600 kilometres.